This seasonal tea in one of my favorites. While salted cherry tree leaves may sound off-putting, this tea is actually very good. The black tea base is very smooth with a touch of caramel and vanilla flavors. I’m not sure how to even begin to explain how the cherry tree leaves taste, but I will give it my best. The cherry tree leaves do not taste salty at all, they add a crisp fresh flavor that I lack anything to compare them to. If I had to say what they reminded me of, the only comparison I could come up with is that they are reminiscent of how a plants just starting to re-grow in the springtime smell.
Strange, I don’t really taste much salt or brine at all. This comes across as a pleasant black tea, almost Darjeeling-like, quite crisp and refreshing. I expected a stronger taste of the salted cherry leaves but I can barely tell they’re present. Nice tea, inoffensive, just not as special as I expected. For the price, I expected something unique.
EDIT: After a few more steepings, I’ve nudged up the score a bit – if you put in a LOT of leaf, you get more of the sakura note, and then it’s better.